Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Sociologist's EyeReflections on Social Life$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kai Erikson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106671

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106671.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 16 May 2022

Becoming a People

Becoming a People

(p.320) Becoming a People
The Sociologist's Eye

Kai Erikson

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on pseudospeciation, the process by which we come to view other persons who we know to be fellow human beings as if they were so unlike us in form or thought or spirit that they can be treated as though they are of a different order of being altogether. The chapter starts by considering the origins of war and fighting from a sociological perspective, with particular emphasis on feelings of difference and otherness—even of hostility and antipathy—that lie at the heart of what is generally meant by nationalism. It then examines how the process of becoming a people is linked to the idea of nations before explaining the concept of social speciation and how it differs from genetic speciation. It concludes by proposing a few minor changes to the notion of pseudospeciation, offering it as a contribution to sociology, anthropology, and psychoanalysis.

Keywords:   pseudospeciation, war, otherness, nationalism, nations, social speciation, sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.